Archive for January 2015

Guest // Terry Wahls, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

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Imagine that you or a loved one are diagnosed with a degenerative disease that randomly attacks the brain and spinal cord.

Let’s say that the constellation of symptoms cluster around muscle (balance, numbness, tremors), bowel and bladder (leakage, urge, withholding), vision (discomfort, loss,involuntary movement), pain, depression, memory loss, fatigue, and more.

Maybe it’s called Multiple Sclerosis but maybe it’s something else. These symptoms sound uncomfortably familiar and are shared across numerous disorders.

Mainstream medicine says there’s no known cure for MS and the goal of treatments is to control symptoms. It’s understandable to be gripped by fear and feelings of helplessness. What do you do?

Please meet Terry Wahls, MD. Terry has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and was confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. She is a physician-scientist who rejected the mainstream narrative about MS. Terry scrutinized the medical literature, created new theories, and tested them on herself with truly stunning results. She now bikes 18 miles at a clip and is galvanized by her new mission to teach about the power of intensive, directed nutrition and lifestyle changes to heal and restore health.

In addition to asking Terry about her amazing experience, we also want to know…

  • how do we manage our emotions, including fear and hope, post-diagnosis?
  • what does she recommend to patients when choosing their medical team?
  • what strategies can we employ to help us with our own medical research?
  • what would she have done differently?
  • what is the applicability of her protocol to other diseases and syndromes, too?

And send us your questions for Terry, too.

terry wahlsTerry Wahls, MD is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic, and conducts clinical trials. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol:  How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional MedicineTerry is also the lead scientist for a funded clinical trial testing the effectiveness of the interventions she used so successfully on herself in others with secondary progressive MS. Favorable preliminary results were presented at the international 2011  Neuroscience conference in Washington D.C. Read more about her work at TerryWahls.com.

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Guest // Lisa Bloomquist

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

injured by antibioticsWhen we think about adverse effects of antibiotics, we think about microbiomes…

–  environmental microbiomes in the rise of antibiotic resistance, and

– human microbiomes and ecosystem resiliencefollowing gross perturbations, including antibiotics.

However, antibiotics can injure in other ways.

We heard a lot about Cipro during the anthrax scares following 9/11. Cipro is part of the fluoroquinolone family of antibiotics: Cipro/ciprofloxacin, Levaquin/levofloxacin, Avelox/moxifloxacin and a few others. Unlike most antibiotics, fluoroquinolones can cause a multi-symptom, often chronic disease called Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome (FTS).

FTS includes damage to connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fascia, etc.) throughout the body, damage to the nervous systems (central, peripheral and autonomic), and more. The damage done by fluoroquinolone antibiotics can destroy a person’s quality of life or even kill them. There is a time and a place for drugs with dangerous side effects. If you find yourself in a septic shock induced coma, fluoroquinolones may save your life.

Unfortunately, fluoroquinolones are not being reserved for life or death situations. They are prescribed for urinary tract infections, suspected prostate infections, upper respiratory infections, and as a prophylactic for travelers’ diarrhea, ear infections, pink eye, and more. Thousands of people have suffered needlessly from the devastating effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, when another safer antibiotic could have, and should have, been used.

Lisa Bloomquist will discuss her journey through FTS and share what she has learned, including:

  • fluoroquinolones 101 — the basics
  • warning signs of FTS
  • aspects of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity that make it tricky to recognize
  • treatments that have helped Fluoroquinolone Toxicity patients, and
  • urgent pointers that parents must know when treating their child’s bacterial infections.

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Lisa Bloomquist is a patient advocate who was injured by Cipro in 2011.  She runs the Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome advocacy site  and manages The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain. Lisa is a guest blogger forHormones Matter and Collective Evolution, and hosts the Floxie Hope Podcast. Lisa has vowed to continue to screaming about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics until those in the medical professions start paying attention to their Hippocratic Oath, until proper informed consent is established for administration of these drugs, and until physicians stop giving them to children. Lisa is a Colorado native who enjoys the mountains, pilates, and her cat. She has a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Colorado, Denver.

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Guest // Judy Mikovits, PhD

Host // Sayer Ji

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On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with 24 leading scientists at the NIH to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and
eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

When Judy Mikovits, PhD finished her presentation, the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, “Oh my God!”

The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.

Host Sayer Ji will give us the down low on what happened and why.

  • Why is Judy’s new book called Plague?
  • What’s a human retrovirus and how does transmission occur? What’s the amount of retrovirus found in the normal population?
  • What do we know about retroviruses and chronic disease?
  • How do environmental toxins add to the problem?
  • Why do the CDC and NIH view Judy’s research as a threat? Is it related to author Hillary Johnson‘s foreword: A Disease Able to Affect the Economies of Nations?
  • What kind of research is urgently needed? What advice would you give regarding the best way to structure and fund these studies?
  • What are things we can do to protect our families?

judy mikovits headshotJudy Mikovits, PhD earned her BA from University of Virginia and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University. In her 35 year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology, and drug development. In 20 years, she rose from lab tech to director of the lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute before leaving to direct the Cancer Biology program at EpiGenX Pharmaceuticals in Santa Barbara, CA. She became attracted to the plight of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and autism and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune based inflammation and these diseases. She has published over 50 scientific papers.

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Guest // Jerry M. Kantor, CCH, LAc, MMHS

Host // Mary Coyle, DIHom

natural remediesMost women will experience at one time in their lives a health issue unique to us ladies. When we consider these health challenges, and their subsequent treatments, the following come to mind:

  • Hashimoto’s disease and the use of synthroid
  • bioidentical hormones for menopausal symptoms
  • birth control and the regulation of menses, and, of course,
  • injection of hormones to tackle infertility.

As we know, all conventional approaches have not served women well. Fortunately, we can turn to the alternatives within alternative medicine.

Join two homeopaths for a deep dive into the world of women’s health. Host Mary Coyle leads a discussion with licensed acupuncturist and homeopathic practitioner, Jerry Kantor as he walks us through not one, but three, different healing paradigms. He’ll discuss his novel multi-model approach, as he redefines the true meaning behind the diagnosis.

Through a unique integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), homeopathy, and biomedical modalities, Jerry explains the critical role each plays in restoring the health of the modern woman. Listen to his revolutionary insights and know-how as he “surrounds the dragon” in determining the etiology — and his quest to find real and lasting solutions:

  • What are some of the basic concepts of TCM and homeopathy?
  • Why is the integration of these healing models important to restoring women’s health?
  • What are the insights from ancient healing practices and how are these updated to create a new approach for today’s health challenges?
  • How can we apply these ideas to two case study examples: Lupus Erythmatosus and Post-Partum Depression?

Jerry Kantor headshotJerry Kantor, CCH, LAc, MMHS is executive director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Wellesley, MA and principal owner of Vital Force Health Care, a homeopathy and acupuncture practice specializing in mental illness, autism spectrum ailments, ADHD, chronic disease, and infertility. He has taught at Harvard Medical School since 1999, has staff credentials at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Jerry is the author of two books: Interpreting Chronic Illness, the Convergence of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy and Biomedicine and The Toxic Relationship Cure, Clearing Traumatic Damage from a Boss, Parent, Lover or Friend. His new book on the treatment of autism will be coming out in 2015. Jerry graduated from Nanjing College of Traditional Medicine’s Advanced Acupuncture Program for Foreign Students and the New England School of Acupuncture. He holds a fourth degree black belt in Aikido. Read more about Jerry and his work at VitalForceHealthCare.com.

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